Author: SuperUser Account/Thursday, September 24, 2015/Categories: Business, Children, Earthquakes, Evacuations, Fire, Flood, Utilities, Weather
When we want to talk to someone our resources are greater than ever. From cell phones to texting and video chats, we have a wide array of options. Unfortunately, most of today’s technology relies on electricity, the internet or cellular services. What will you do if your normal methods of communications fail?
Amateur radio has been proven time and again to be a very reliable communication alternative.
What is amateur radio?
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Amateur radio involves amateur radio operators communicating locally and worldwide using store-bought or homemade radios, computers, satellites, and even the internet. Many amateur radio operators or "hams" serve as emergency communicators during the initial stages of emergencies and disasters. Amateur radio operators must be licensed and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands". These amateur bands are reserved by the FCC for use by hams at intervals above the AM broadcast band into extremely high microwave frequencies.
Put your amateur radio to use by joining RACES
RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.
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